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Corpse Bride (2005)

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When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Van Dort (voice)
Corpse Bride (voice)
Finis Everglot (voice)
Barkis Bittern (voice)
Elder Gutknecht (voice)
Maggot / Town Crier (voice)
Bonejangles (voice)
Stephen Ballantyne ...
Emil (voice)


Set back in the late 1800s in a Victorian village, a man and woman by the names of Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot are betrothed because the Everglots need the money or else they'll be living on the streets and the Van Dorts want to be high in society. But when things go wrong at the wedding rehearsal, Victor goes into the woods to practice his vows. Just as soon as he gets them right, he finds himself married to Emily, the corpse bride. While Victoria waits on the other side, there's a rich newcomer that may take Victor's place. So two brides, one groom, who will Victor pick? Written by XxCherrySodaxX

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary images and action, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$385,078, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The puppets used neither of the industry standards of replaceable heads (like those used on The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)) or replaceable mouths (like those used by Aardman Studios in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)), but instead used precision crafted clockwork heads, adjusted by hidden keys. This allowed for unprecedented subtlety, but was apparently even more painstaking than the already notoriously arduous animation. One animator even reported having recurring nightmares of adjusting his own facial expression in this fashion. See more »


When the skeleton with the hat is singing, he goes up to the Corpse Bride and grabs the left side of her wedding dress. When the camera zooms in it shows him holding the right side of the dress. See more »


[first lines]
Town Crier: Hear ye, hear ye, ten minutes to go 'til Van Dort's wedding rehearsal.
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Crazy Credits

During the introduction sequence, where the camera follows a butterfly around the town, it pauses and stands on the edge of the "Based on characters by" credit. See more »


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Remains of the Day
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
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Produced by Danny Elfman
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User Reviews

Good animation, but not one of Tim Burton's best
31 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I probably would have liked this movie more if I had not already seen - many times - "The Nightmare Before Christmas" which was a brilliant and original piece of work. This movie does share some of that movie's qualities - haunting soundtrack, bumbling authority figures, a tall thin protagonist who is searching for something, a heroine whose limbs easily detach, and a dear departed house pet. It also has some interesting ideas of its own - the living looking and acting as though they were already dead, versus the dead living it up, since they have no more worries and forever to look forward to with the prospect of all of their loved ones returning to them one by one. In fact, the only time the living seem happy in this film is when the dead return to the land of the living for a truly unique wedding and instead of menacing or haunting the living, there are tearful and happy reunions. However, the individual characters in this film are just not that interesting.

In short, even though all of the characters in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" are dead, they just seem more alive and motivated than the characters in this film. Also, this movie is darker than "Nightmare" and not as funny, so kids under 10 might find it too intense and probably not as interesting. Thus, although it is worthwhile viewing, I'm just afraid that Tim Burton set the bar too high with his previous animated film.

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